Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which recognises the skills and knowledge possessed by an applicant regardless of how that knowledge and those skills were obtained.
RPL recognises what you have already learned from other courses, from life experience, from work experience and from any training provided at work, and measures it against the course you are doing or want to do. If what you have learned at work or elsewhere is relevant to the course, you may not have to do those parts of the course again.
Why apply? What’s in it for me?
It is important to apply for RPL if you think you have already got some experience that might be relevant to your course.
The advantages of applying for RPL are:
- You can work out whether your experience is similar to that required by the course.
- If you have already achieved some of the goals of the course, you might not have to do those sections of the course again. This could mean finishing your course much earlier or not having such a heavy course load.
- It means that you only do subjects which are new and challenging. You do not have to do subjects in which you have already gained experience.
- It recognises that you are entering a course with many skills – that you are not a total beginner.
The process requires the collection of evidence to prove competency. A qualification can only be issued once clear evidence is collected and assessed as satisfying the criteria and industry standards.